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Spanish translation of “keep”

keep

verb /kiːp/ (past tense, past participle kept /kept/)
to have for a very long or indefinite period of time He gave me the picture to keep. not to give or throw away; to preserve I kept the most interesting books Can you keep a secret? to (cause to) remain in a certain state or position I keep this gun loaded How do you keep cool in this heat? Will you keep me informed of what happens? to go on (performing or repeating a certain action) He kept walking. to have in store I always keep a tin of baked beans for emergencies. to look after or care for
tener; cuidar (un jardín); criar, dedicarse a criar (animales)
She keeps the garden beautifully I think they keep hens.
to remain in good condition That meat won’t keep in this heat unless you put it in the fridge. to make entries in (a diary, accounts etc)
tener; llevar (al día)
She keeps a diary to remind her of her appointments He kept the accounts for the club.
to hold back or delay Sorry to keep you. to provide food, clothes, housing for (someone) He has a wife and child to keep. to act in the way demanded by someone She kept her promise. to celebrate to keep Christmas. keeper noun a person who looks after something, eg animals in a zoo The lion has killed its keeper. a goalkeeper. The keeper took the goalkick. keeping noun care or charge The money had been given into his keeping. keep-fit noun a series or system of exercises, usually simple, intended to improve the physical condition of ordinary people, especially women She’s very keen on keep-fit but it doesn’t do her much good (also adjective) keep-fit exercises. keepsake /-seik/ noun something given or taken to be kept in memory of the giver She gave him a piece of her hair as a keepsake. for keeps permanently
para siempre
You can have this necklace for keeps.
in keeping with suited to He has moved to a house more in keeping with his position as a headmaster. keep away to (cause to) remain at a distance Keep away from the crocodiles – they’re dangerous! keep back not to (allow to) move forward She kept the child back on the edge of the crowd Every body keep back from the door! not to tell or make known I feel he’s keeping the real story back for some reason. not to give or pay out Part of my allowance is kept back to pay for my meals Will they keep it back every week? keep one’s distance to stay quite far away
mantenerse a distancia
The deer did not trust us and kept their distance.
keep down not to (allow to) rise up
seguir agachado
Keep down – they’re shooting at us!
to control or put a limit on They are taking steps to keep down the rabbit population. to digest without vomiting He has eaten some food, but he won’t be able to keep it down.
keep one’s end up to perform one’s part in something just as well as all the others who are involved.
hacer su parte, hacer la parte que a uno le corresponde
keep from to stop oneself from (doing something)
abstenerse de
I could hardly keep from hitting him.
keep going to go on doing something despite difficulties. We decided to keep going despite the poor weather. keep hold of not to let go of She told im to keep hold of her hand while they crossed the road. keep house (for) to do the cooking, housework etc (for)
cuidar la casa, encargarse de la casa
She keeps house for her brother.
keep in not to allow to go or come out or outside
no dejar salir, hacer quedar
The teacher kept him in till he had finished the work.
to stay close to the side of a road etc.
mantenerse al lado
keep in mind to remember and take into consideration later.
tener en mente
Keep in mind that the restaurant gets very busy and you may have to book a table in advance.
keep it up to carry on doing something at the same speed or as well as one is doing it at present
¡ánimo!
Your work is good – keep it up!
keep off to stay away
mantenerse a distancia
There are notices round the bomb warning people to keep off The rain kept off and we had sunshine for the wedding.
to prevent from getting to or on to (something) This umbrella isn’t pretty, but it keeps off the rain.
keep on to continue (doing something or moving) He just kept on going until he was too exhausted to continue. They kept on until they came to a petrol station. keep oneself to oneself to tell others very little about oneself, and not to be very friendly or sociable. He likes to keep himself to himself. keep out not to (allow to) enter The notice at the building site said ‘Keep out!’ This coat keeps out the wind. keep out of not to become involved in
no entrar en, no meterse en
Do try to keep out of trouble!
keep time (of a clock etc) to show the time accurately
dar bien la hora
Does this watch keep (good) time?
keep to not to leave or go away from
no salir de, no dejar
Keep to this side of the park! We kept to the roads we knew.
keep (something) to oneself not to tell anyone (something)
no decir algo, guardar algo para sí
He kept his conclusions to himself.
keep up (often with with) to move fast enough not to be left behind (by) Even the children managed to keep up Don’t run – I can’t keep up with you. to continue, or cause to remain, in operation I enjoy our friendship and try to keep it up. keep up with the Joneses /ˈdʒounziz/ to have everything one’s neighbours have
no ser menos que los demás
She didn’t need a new cooker – she just bought one to keep up with the Joneses.
keep watch to have the task of staying alert and watching for danger. One of the men kept watch while the other two broke in through a window.
(Definition of keep from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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